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Old 03-23-2019, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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I Did Not Need to Change the Timing Belt

I had my 2005 Sportage EX timing belt changed (water pump and pulleys) in 2010. The odometer was about 64K.

I currently have 100K (weekend car), however it's been 9 years.

I had the belt replaced yesterday. My mechanic called, after he took the cover off, and asked why I wanted the belt replaced? I told him it's been 9 years ago and the manual says 60 months or 60K. He said I did not have to replace until 60K and don't go by time. I told him since he had everything apart to go ahead and change the belt.


When he gave me the belt back, we both inspected it and it looked brand NEW!!

So, the next time, I'll wait until 50-55K and not go by years.

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I had my 2005 Sportage EX timing belt changed (water pump and pulleys) in 2010. The odometer was about 64K.

I currently have 100K (weekend car), however it's been 9 years.

I had the belt replaced yesterday. My mechanic called, after he took the cover off, and asked why I wanted the belt replaced? I told him it's been 9 years ago and the manual says 60 months or 60K. He said I did not have to replace until 60K and don't go by time. I told him since he had everything apart to go ahead and change the belt.


When he gave me the belt back, we both inspected it and it looked brand NEW!!

So, the next time, I'll wait until 50-55K and not go by years.
For the cost of the belt and installation, its just not worth deviating from the manufacturers recommendation, and there's been a few reports here of failures after visual inspections, so visuals just aren't reliable enough.

Of course the manufacturers recommendation is conservative, and the belt may not deteriorate in that time frame under ideal climatic conditions.
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For the cost of the belt and installation, its just not worth deviating from the manufacturers recommendation, and there's been a few reports here of failures after visual inspections, so visuals just aren't reliable enough.

Of course the manufacturers recommendation is conservative, and the belt may not deteriorate in that time frame under ideal climatic conditions.
I would have changed it also do to 9 years in service as it much cheaper to replace belt than engine.
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For the cost of the belt and installation, its just not worth deviating from the manufacturers recommendation, and there's been a few reports here of failures after visual inspections, so visuals just aren't reliable enough.

Of course the manufacturers recommendation is conservative, and the belt may not deteriorate in that time frame under ideal climatic conditions.

I understand. I lost track of time (9 years) and after seeing the old belt, it's so hard to justify to replace it as scheduled. Well, I got 6 years to think about this. The SUV is parked in the garage and used only on the weekends.
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It IS costly having a dealer replace the timing belt and do required preventive maintenance but having your mechanic do the work makes it tolerable... You being in California and you having it parked most of the time in a garage has helped slow the breakdown of the rubber and cords (inside the belt)... As said here by others it is much less costly to just replace the belt than chance the breakdown of the belt's cords or rubber teeth than have it fail and damage/destroy the engine...

Write it off as "preventive" maintenance and enjoy your rust free California car
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